By Dave Andrusko
The wheels were set in motion Friday night when the Supreme Court of Texas overruled an order by a Harris County district judge that allowed abortion clinics to continue killing preborn babies throughout the entire pregnancy.
“The state’s highest court agreed Texas never repealed its abortion bans that existed before Roe v. Wade,” Kim Schwartz wrote. “Friday’s ruling clarifies that district attorneys and state officials may fully prosecute abortionists under the pre-Roe statutes at least until a hearing later this month.” As a result Whole Women’s Health in Texas stopped doing abortions on July 1.
Whole Woman’s Health, the largest independent abortion provider in Texas “will close its four clinics in the state and move to New Mexico in the wake of the US Supreme Court’s decision to strike down constitutional protections for abortion care,” according to KXAN’s Jaclyn Ramkissoon. In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, overturned Roe and Casey which allows states to protect unborn babies.
Whole Woman’s Health, not surprisingly, bashed the Supreme Court for its June 24th decision.
“Abortion access in the South will only get worse as the damage done by this awful ruling continues to compound, and more conservative states pass abortion bans,” the group said in its statement.
But Whole Woman’s Health is not through killing unborn babies. “Whole Woman’s Health said the funds raised would help pack up the clinics, ‘buy and renovate a building, relocate and hire staff, and set up licenses and certifications in New Mexico,’” Ramkissoon wrote. “As of Wednesday morning, just over $12,000 had been gathered out of the organization’s $750,000 goal.”
Whole Women’s Health fought Texas’s attempt to require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, and that they meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers all the way to the Supreme Court. In 2016, the abortion chain prevailed in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt